Rustic Herb Stuffing

READY IN: 1hr 45mins
SERVES: 8-10




  • Technique One: Outside the Bird.
  • Convenience and concerns about undercooking have made baking the stuffing in a pan the default for many cooks. The payoff? Crispy topping and more stuffing (you can fit more in a pan than in the bird).
  • Technique Two: Inside the Bird.
  • If you want to stuff a turkey, it's best to brine it—that way, the stuffing can cook to a safe temperature without drying out the bird. Start with your favorite brined-turkey recipe, then follow the steps below. You'll end up with moist stuffing that's infused with flavorful turkey juices.
  • Preparation: For Rustic Herb Stuffing Cooked Outside the Bird.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F Spread bread on large rimmed baking sheet. Bake until bread is dry, about 15 minutes. Cool.
  • Melt 10 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add green onions and next 8 ingredients; sauté until celery is tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add Swiss chard and toss until wilted, about 3 minutes. DO AHEAD Bread cubes and vegetable mixture can be made 1 day ahead. Store bread cubes airtight at room temperature. Cool vegetable mixture slightly, then transfer to microwave-safe bowl; cover and chill. Rewarm vegetable mixture in microwave before continuing.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F Generously butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Place bread cubes in very large bowl. Add warm vegetable mixture; toss to combine. Whisk eggs and 3/4 cup broth in medium bowl. Add egg mixture to stuffing and toss to coat. Mix in Parmesan, if using.
  • Add more broth (about 1/2 to 3/4 cup) to stuffing if dry. Transfer to dish. Cover with buttered foil. Bake 30 minutes. Remove foil; bake until golden, about 30 minutes.
  • For Rustic Herb Stuffing Cooked Inside the Bird.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F Drain turkey. Rinse under cold running water; pat dry.
  • Place stuffing in glass bowl. Microwave on high until instant-read thermometer registers 130°F, stirring occasionally, 5 to 8 minutes. Fill cavities loosely with warm stuffing (do not tie legs). Place remaining stuffing in baking dish; moisten with up to 1/2 cup broth. Chill while turkey roasts.
  • Place turkey on rack in roasting pan; brush with olive oil. Roast until instant-read thermometer inserted into stuffing registers 165°F (thigh will register 170°F), adding water to pan to prevent scorching, about 3 1/2 hours.
  • Let turkey rest 30 minutes. Meanwhile, bake chilled stuffing until golden, 30 minutes.